Organisers behind one of the country’s largest Burns Suppers plan to repeat the event next year – and increase its attendance to break a world-record.
Around 400 people toasted Scotland’s national Bard in the name of charity last night.
Organised by Granite City PR, the meal celebrated the firm’s 10th anniversary as well as raising funds and bringing hundreds of people together to mark Robert Burns’ birthday.
A spokesman for the event said due to its success “plans are already afoot to repeat the venture next year when it is hoped that a world-record attempt for the largest Burns Supper may be possible”.
The event, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops, was the brainchild of the PR firm’s founder and managing director Brett Jackson.
Brett said: “This inaugural event has achieved all of its primary aims which were to provide a forum for cultural, social and business networking; celebrate our national Bard and raise money for a good cause all at the same time.
“The support which this event has generated from sponsors, supporters and participants has been both humbling and inspiring and we hope they will continue with us on our journey towards something even bigger and better next year.”
The money raised through the raffle and auction on the night will go towards Flying Start – the charity partnership between British Airways and Comic Relief – with the total raised still being counted by the event’s organisers.
Phyllis Stuart, British Airways manager for Aberdeen, said: “We’re delighted to be a part of such a fantastic night and we’re very grateful for such a generous donation.”
The evening had tributes to Burns – including the traditional Burns poem Address to the Haggis, the Selkirk Grace and a dinner of haggis, neeps and tatties.
It also featured music from Bridge the Gap, and The Davidson Brothers plus performances from Banchory’s Coutts School of Highland Dancing.